Today, our Union and the company met for the first time since August. You may recall that the Union released a statement on August 26th here announcing the next round of bargaining and explaining that the company would not have any counter-proposals and instead demanded that we vote on their previous offer. The company got upset about our statements and released a letter of their own August 26th here stating that we were spreading misinformation and they would be responding to our proposals.
Then, Plant Manager Jim Pritchett released this letter complaining about the Union's upcoming march and rally stating that we should be focused on bargaining, not a rally. Well today our Union showed up ready to bargain with the company and in their regular dishonest fashion they showed up with their same old proposal. There were no changes. This is apparently their idea of bargaining and it will not result in an agreement.
The company refuses to address the Union's concerns about job security, grievance and arbitrations, lay-off and recall, job biding, temporary job assignments, qualifications, seniority, medical exams, work hours, overtime, mandatory on-call, leaves of absence, subcontracting, vacations, use of cameras in break areas, safety equipment, holidays, use of FMLA, health insurance for active employees and retirees, and discipline.